Kochi, Oct 31 (UNI) The Cyclonic storm MAHA (Pronounced as M’maha) over Lakshadweep and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea and Maldives area moved northwe stwards with a speed of 26 kmph during past six hours. It is very likely to continue to move northwestwards across Lakshadweep Islands during next 12 hours and then emerge into east-central Arabian Sea.
It is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the forenoon of October 31 over Lakshadweep area, a MeT statement said here on Thursday. MAHA lay centered at 2330 hrs IST of October 30 near latitude 10.2 degree N and longitude 73.3 degree E over Lakshadweep and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea and Maldives area, about 670 km nearly north of Male (Maldives), 210 km north-northeast of Minicoy (Lakshadweep), 80 km east-southeast of Kavaratti (Lakshadweep) and 440 km west-northwest of Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).
The Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Kyarr’ over westcentral and adjoining northwest Arabian Sea moved southwestwards with a speed of 10 Kmph during past 06 hrs and lay centred at 2330 hrs IST of October 30 over westcentral and adjoining northwest Arabian Sea near latitude 18.7 dgree N and longitude 61.0 degree E, about 1250 km west-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra), 750 km east-northeast of Salalah (Oman) and 310 km east-southeast of Masirah (Oman).
It is very likely to move southwestwards across west-central Arabian Sea during next 4 days. It is very likely to weaken into a Cyclonic Storm by forenoon of October 31.